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Cauley visits Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego

Bud Cauley speaks to guests of a morning colors ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 21. The ceremony was held in recognition of Birdies for the Brave, a military outreach initiative supported by the PGA TOUR and designed to say thank you to the courageous men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
(photo credit: Lance Cpl. Allison J. Herman, 3rd MAW Combat Camera)

January 21, 2014

By Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff

SAN DIEGO-- Bud Cauley’s most humbling experience at the Farmers Insurance Open on Tuesday had nothing to do with tight fairways or slick greens. Instead, it came in the form of two simple words directed his way; “Thank you.”

As the guest of honor at the Raising of Colors ceremony at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marines expressed their appreciation for the time it took for him to take part.

But the thing is, when it comes to military service, time is of no mind to the third-year PGA TOUR member.

Tuesday morning truly was his honor.

"This morning was an unbelievable experience for me,” said Cauley. “I grew up in a military family, so it has always been very prevalent in my life. With that said, it made it even more special to me to be a part of this special occasion. The military does so, so much for us and our safety and security. I felt this was the very least I could do."

Following 20 years of military service, Cauley’s father Bill retired from the U.S. Navy in 2010. Cauley’s grandfather is also a retired military man.

“The PGA TOUR could not have picked a better ambassador for this special occasion,” said Major General Steven W. Busby, Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. “The TOUR does an amazing job of recognizing our military. The PGA TOUR understands our mission to serve, they assist us every step of the way and never asks for a thing in return. Bud Cauley is a model example of that ‘Pay it forward’ ethic.”

A large focus of the TOUR’s charitable heart extends to America’s military. That, too, is not lost on Cauley.

"For me to be there on behalf of the PGA TOUR was a true honor. The TOUR does so much to support our troops in its effort to give back, so again, it was a no-brainer for me."

Cauley was invited to say a few words at the ceremony, after which time he was presented, as a gift of appreciation, a piece of an F16 jet and personalized note of thanks.

"I was humbled to say the least,” said Cauley. “It meant so much to be. They thanked me for my time, but those are the ones who deserve all the thanks. What they do is something we cannot ever thank them enough for."

“Having him with us today was nothing short of phenomenal,” said Maj. Gen. Busby. “He is a man with compassion, a man who gets it and a man who comes from a family rich in military service. The honor was ours and we could not have a better representative from the PGA TOUR to be with us.”

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